A HAPPY MEDIUM

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The pur­suit of hap­pi­ness may in­stead make you un­happy, says new re­search. The study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Psy­cho­nomic Bul­letin & Re­view, found that ac­tively pur­su­ing hap­pi­ness caused par­tic­i­pants to feel like they had less time. “Time seems to van­ish amid the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness,” say re­searchers, “but only when seen as a goal re­quir­ing con­tin­ued pur­suit.” They add that be­cause those who pur­sue hap­pi­ness feel they don’t have time to en­gage in leisure ex­pe­ri­ences and savour the feel­ings af­ter­wards, they’re more likely to buy ma­te­rial goods to achieve those feel­ings, and are also less will­ing to spend time help­ing oth­ers or vol­un­teer­ing. But there is a bright side: those who feel they’ve at­tained their goal of be­ing happy to some de­gree feel they have more time to ap­pre­ci­ate it, and are more likely to savour the feel­ings through ac­tiv­i­ties like keep­ing a grat­i­tude jour­nal.

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